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Philly Anti-Gay Hate Attack: Federal Officials At Dept. Of Justice Watching

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Federal officials at the DOJ are watching the Philadelphia Police Department’s investigation of the anti-gay hate attack by 12 twenty-somethings that landed two gay men in the hospital.

One week ago tonight twelve “preppy” and “clean cut” friends from Catholic school were leaving a local Philadelphia restaurant when several of them verbally and then physically assaulted a same-sex male couple.

“Is this your f***ing boyfriend?”

“Are you a dirty fag?” 

Those were just two of the questions asked, before at least one of the men from the group of twelve threw a punch.

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Attorneys for the “persons of interest” who have yet to be arrested are claiming their clients — not the two men who were beaten so badly one will have his jaw wired shut for two months — are the victims, and acted in self defense.

While general consensus is the Philadelphia Police have responded quickly and thoroughly, it’s also a fact that the State of Pennsylvania chose to not include sexual orientation in their hate crimes legislation.

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That means that even if the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted, there may not be sufficient resources to prosecute the case fully. Or, there may be underlying civil rights violations that need to be prosecuted by the federal, not state government.

Fortunately, federal officials “say they are aware of the case,” CBS News reports. “The FBI has been in touch with local authorities, but no decision has been made as of noon today.”

Typically, federal authorities will allow local authorities to do their inital investigation and gather as much information as they can to determine what happened, then federal authorities would make a decision based on that evidence — whether they should begin their own investigation.

And in this case, a federal investigation could probe possible federal hate crime violations. That would be determined based on the nature of the attack and things that were said during the attack.

Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney has sent a formal letter to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Zane Memeger, asking the DOJ “to conduct an investigation and bring Federal charges against these individuals.”

“It is my opinion,” Councilman Kenney writes, “that it is in the interests of substantial justice for this Act to be enforced here, and the only true justice that can be meted out against these individuals is found in the penalty provisions” of the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on this developing story — stay tuned.

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‘Flaccid Little Cry Baby’: Legal Experts Weigh in on Trump’s ‘Not Very Strong’ Lawsuit to Block Jan. 6 Committee

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Donald Trump has just filed a lawsuit to block the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack from being granted access to a mountain of documents from his four years as president held by the National Archives.

Legal experts are weighing in on this latest attempt by the former president to obstruct a lawful investigation.

NBC News reports Trump’s lawsuit “says the committee’s subpoena is invalid because it has no power of investigation,” and it “says the material should be protected by executive privilege,” which is also false, according to countless legal experts who have been commenting on that claim for weeks.

Trump is “requesting that the court invalidate the committee’s requests and enjoin the archivist from turning over the records in question. At a bare minimum, the court should enjoin the archivist from producing any potentially privileged records until President Trump is able to conduct a full privilege review of all of the requested materials.”

Top national security lawyer Bradley Moss appears to be enjoying mocking the lawsuit:

CNN’s Keith Boykin, a former Clinton White House aide who has a law degree from Harvard Law weighed in on the news by blasting Trump, saying: “This guy has spent his entire career bluffing his way through life, evading responsibility, dodging accountability, and filing frivolous lawsuits to distract and delay. Justice means nothing in America if Trump is not held accountable for his crimes.”

Attorney and upcoming author Luppe B. Luppen:

Former Obama White House attorney, now a Law Professor at Cardozo Law and Supreme Court contributor for ABC News calls the suit “remarkably thin.”

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Watch: Madison Cawthorn Urges Mothers of Young Boys to ‘Raise Them to Be a Monster’

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U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn is urging parents to turn their young children into monsters.

The North Carolina Republican Congressman lamented that American “culture is trying to completely demasculate all the young men,” presumably meaning “emasculate.”

“You can look at testosterone levels in young men today, and they are lower than throughout all of history,” he added.

“But my friends they’re trying to demasculate the young men in this country ’cause they don’t want people who are going to stand up.”

“If you are raising a young man, raise them to be a monster,” he urged mothers, to applause.

The clip was posted by Right Wing Watch:

 

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Psaki Again Destroys Doocy So Bad Some Are Asking if He Is a ‘Deep State’ Actor or a ‘Plant’ to Make Her Look Good

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s near-daily ritual of educating Peter Doocy took such a dramatic step up on Monday some are asking if perhaps the Fox News correspondent is a “plant” or a “deep state hired actor” designed to make her look good.

When today’s exchange was all done Psaki had reminded Doocy that Trump “used his office to incite an insurrection,” and “put political pressure on senior DOJ officials to propagate lies about the election to the point where they threaten to resign en masse.”

Doocy Monday afternoon had jumped on President Joe Biden’s response to a reporter’s question Friday. When asked if the January 6 Committee’s subpoenas against those who refuse to comply should be enforced, the President said they should be.

Some, including Doocy, are accusing Biden of reneging on a promise to not weigh in on the Justice Dept.’s decisions whether or not to prosecute cases – something Donald Trump did on a regular basis. But enforcing a subpoena is not deciding whether or not to prosecute a case. The DOJ, or, in this case, U.S, Attorneys, have a legal mandate to enforce congressional subpoenas.

Here’s part of the exchange:

And here’s how people are responding:

 

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